During a 2015 event at the Northwestern Institute for Policy Research, participating panelists discussed the digital revolution and the classroom’s exposure to it. At the time, school districts had begun to adopt 1:1 policies, where each student would have access to laptops or tablets. Google was at the forefront of this surge, gaining a healthy chunk of new users each year across the education industry. Today, the formidable duo of the Google Chromebook and the G Suite for Education has changed the way education is approached. In this... [Read More]
by RSS Susan Biddle  |  Jul 07, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Though not a phishing cure-all, it’s a good sign that Google is bringing this issue front and center for millions of Chrome users. Remember those Nigerian email scams that hit so many people a decade ago? They were fairly comical, but effective enough to earn a place in Internet lore and more than a few memes. They were also the predecessors of modern phishing schemes, designed to steal credentials, personal information, financial data, and other information. Cybercriminals can then use this data to steal identities, money, intellectual... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  Apr 30, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Microsoft's Windows XP is retiring. For those who haven't heard the news, the Redmond, Washington-based software company is going to deliver its final security update to April 8, 2014, before permanently discontinuing support for the platform. The news comes as a double-edged sword. While still a tried and true favorite for PC-lovers, by now, many in the U.S. have moved on to Microsoft's subsequent OS releases. But not everyone else has. In fact, research and analytics company Net Applications estimates that around a third of the world's computers... [Read More]
by RSS Stefanie Hoffman  |  Dec 10, 2013  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Since an article on MegaPWN got slashdoted on Tuesday, the now infamous tool by software developer Michael Koziarski gathered a significant amount of attention. As often, comments were a mix of "this guy didn't invent anything" (usually laid in a more sarcastic form) and "this is interesting" (usually laid in a more panicked form, involving the NSA). And as often, the moderately technical reader is left wondering if this is a genuine threat to her private data (assuming she hosts it on Mega), or merely a personal PR stunt. At FortiGuard Labs,... [Read More]
by RSS Guillaume Lovet  |  Sep 05, 2013  |  Filed in: Security Research
I recently tried an amazing browser extension named Datarmine whose goal is to secure social network posts. It works for Facebook, Twitter etc. The idea is that your posts get encrypted, and only people with your secret key can decrypt it. Others see a fake replacement post (that you can choose). This is a post encrypted by Datarmine. The end-user chooses the text which is displayed to people who are not authorized to decrypt it. (Text in French basically says "I am trying Datarmine"). This is the real post, decrypted from the message above. I... [Read More]
by RSS Axelle Apvrille  |  Jul 30, 2012  |  Filed in: Security Research
Microsoft's Internet Explorer 10 is the most secure web browser according to the results of a mid-May 2013 NSS Labs' analysis. Apple Safari 5, Google Chrome 25/26, Internet Explorer 10, Mozilla Foxfire 19 and Opera 12 were all evaluated against malware downloads and socially engineered malware. Results show that Chrome's malware download protection improved significantly, up to more than 83 percent from a 70 percent performance in NSS' October 2012 analysis, Browser Comparative Analysis Report - Socially Engineered Malware. IE earned a block rate... [Read More]
by RSS Stefanie Hoffman  |  Jul 30, 2012  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Updates, upgrades and patches, oh my. The week of May 7-11 was indeed a week of major patches from some of the biggest players. The good news is, many of the most popular OSes, Web browsers and applications are now a tad more secure. Here is a look at last week's security news. Patch Tuesday Delivers Three Critical Updates: For its regularly scheduled Patch Tuesday security update, Microsoft released a total of seven bulletins, three designated with the highest severity rating of “critical,” repairing a total of 23 vulnerabilities in Microsoft... [Read More]
by RSS Stefanie Hoffman  |  May 14, 2012  |  Filed in: Industry Trends